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August 2, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IN THE BOTTOM of the first inning, Chase Utley stepped to the plate and hit a home run. It was the 14th time he had done so this season, good enough for fourth among major league second basemen. If anybody needed a reminder that the 34-year-old veteran was still one of baseball's best players at his position, here it was. Still, as he trotted around the bases to the hearty approval of the Citizens Bank Park crowd, you couldn't shake the feeling it was the beginning of another egregious miscalculation by a Phillies organization struggling to find the path toward a better tomorrow.
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May 18, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago today, Chase Utley stood in front of his locker at Citizens Bank Park and packed for a West Coast trip. Utley tossed his fielder's glove, batting gloves, spikes, sneakers and sunglasses into a red equipment bag. He then reached into his locker, pulled out five brand-new ebony bats - gamers - and stuffed them into his bat bag. Before zipping the bat bag closed, Utley reached for the one piece of equipment he hadn't left home without...
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June 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Physically, Chase Utley, who has battled an assortment of injuries throughout his career, including chronic knee pain, said he's OK. "Yeah, I feel fine," Utley said following the Phillies' 5-2 loss to the Reds yesterday. But after an 0-for-3 afternoon, his 28th hitless performance in 51 starts, you surely had to wonder if the veteran All-Star's woes are beginning to wear on his mind. With an opportunity to get the Phillies back in yesterday's game - two on, two out, down two runs in the seventh inning - Utley produced a lazy, inning-ending fly ball to leftfield in his final at-bat.
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May 4, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
So here's the deal: You get to invite any of the top stars in Philadelphia sports over to the house for dinner. We're talking hypothetically, of course, but just say you have that opportunity. Who would you invite? Ryan Howard? DeSean Jackson? Mike Richards? And what would you serve them? Would you go Italian? Send out for Chinese? Or perhaps you have a favorite dish that has been passed down through the generations? We asked you whom would you like to have over in the survey we conducted with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University and you chose to chow down with Chase Utley.
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July 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - A chair reserved for Chase Utley was positioned under a sign with his name on it, but the Phillies second baseman stood. He stared at the seat. Major League Baseball mandated that Utley - the lone Phillies all-star - spend 45 minutes Monday with reporters. He overcame career-threatening knee injuries to start Tuesday night for the National League, but circumstances overshadowed that accomplishment. "Are they trying to trade him?" Hunter Pence, a former teammate, wondered from across the room.
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April 12, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WE ENTERED the season knowing that the Phillies needed a lot of things to go right in order for them to return to the postseason, and the last couple of nights have offered a tantalizing glimpse at the kind of team they can become if those things break in the proper direction. Of course, two nights make for a small sample size. The last time the Phillies had faced Jeremy Hefner, all seven of the batters they sent to the plate against him ended up scoring runs. But a lineup can only hit against the pitchers whom the other team sends to the mound, and in rattling off their first back-to-back victories of the season, Charlie Manuel's team did just that.
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April 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writerlawrenr@phillynews.com
THE BALL came toward his head and baserunner Chase Utley did the natural thing. He ducked. After avoiding contact with Domonic Brown's heat-seeking missile of a base hit, Utley regained his footing and took off from first to second base. He didn't stop until he slid safely into third base. Utley then bounced back on his feet and prepared for the next step. It was March and he was playing baseball, so any next step he took was going to be a heck of a lot farther than any he made in the last two springs.
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June 22, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg's tortured tenure as manager of the Phillies during one of their most woeful times - which is really saying something - ended Tuesday in Baltimore when Chase Utley openly berated the pitching coach, and by extension Sandberg, for a clumsy bit of strategy that was failing badly. What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored.
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September 19, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard remain the heart of the Phillies' batting order and they were the foundation for this franchise's run of success that started in 2007 and appears likely to end in 2012. But as the season winds toward its conclusion, it's obvious they are players in transition. After the Phillies took early batting practice Monday afternoon, Utley remained on the field and worked extensively at third base with coach Sam Perlozzo. Howard, meanwhile, fielded questions about a season that started with him on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and is ending with the first baseman in a terrible slump.
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June 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - Chase Utley, who has failed to emerge from an offensive funk 10 weeks into the season, took ground balls at first base before Monday night's game against the Orioles and was slotted at designated hitter in manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup. Heavy with corner outfielders but not much else, Sandberg decided to use the DH slot with Utley, one of the least productive hitters in baseball in 2015. Utley's batting average (.184) and OPS (.553) both ranked 159th out of 161 qualifying big-league hitters entering play Monday.
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June 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The youngest player on the Phillies' roster did not seem fazed by his Yankee Stadium debut on Monday night. Not at all. Maikel Franco experienced the best game of his budding major-league career in the Phillies' 11-8 win over the New York Yankees. The 22-year-old third baseman launched two home runs and drove in five runs during his first career four-hit game. For the second consecutive game, the team set a season high in runs. Franco became the first Phillies rookie to drive in five runs in a game since Ryan Howard in August 2005.
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June 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - It is no secret that Chase Utley has struggled through the first 70-plus games of this season, and that his contract status for next year hinges on his reaching 500 plate appearances during this one. But despite the 36-year-old second baseman's sub-.200 average and the Phillies' rebuilding status, manager Ryne Sandberg said Utley's vesting option for 2016 will not factor into his decision-making with the team's lineup. Utley entered the series opener Monday night at Yankee Stadium hitting .182, the worst average among 164 qualified major-league hitters.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE BOOS rained down from a good portion of the 30,000 fans in attendance when manager Ryne Sandberg emerged from the Phillies' dugout with his lineup card in hand and two outs in the sixth inning. The Phillies were ahead by four runs, for the first time since May 23, no less, but the faithful let the much-maligned manager hear it. They wanted 25-year-old lefthander Adam Morgan to have a chance to get out of a jam in his first major league appearance, but Sandberg had other ideas.
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June 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A MEDIUM-SIZED rodent - perhaps about the size of the pitching rubber - deftly scaled the screen behind home plate in the second inning of last night's game between the Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. It distracted everyone on the field and in the stands, which wasn't the worst thing in the world. The people, after all, came to be entertained. The Citizens Bank Park Squirrel, no relation to the 2011 NLDS Busch Stadium Squirrel, according to a baseball source, didn't stop with his high-wire act. With a hop, skip and a jump, our hero was suddenly dancing on the dugout.
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June 22, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg's tortured tenure as manager of the Phillies during one of their most woeful times - which is really saying something - ended Tuesday in Baltimore when Chase Utley openly berated the pitching coach, and by extension Sandberg, for a clumsy bit of strategy that was failing badly. What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored.
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June 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The nameplate above Cole Hamels' locker stall at Citizens Bank Park was gone Thursday, as were the contents that typically hang inside it. Four hours earlier the Phillies ace had been scratched from his Friday start, and someone - perhaps even Hamels himself - was clever enough to jokingly spark brief speculation that the pitcher had been traded. After they ended a woeful nine-game losing streak, a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles lightened the mood in the Phillies clubhouse. For the first time in quite a while, music blared and players shared laughs as the clubhouse opened to the media.
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June 19, 2015
The putrid results put forth by the Phillies lately sometimes lead to a managerial change. But before the game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, oft-maligned general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. threw his support behind manager Ryne Sandberg. "Fully supportive of Ryne," Amaro said. "I guess there's a lot of social media stuff going on about him out there. We're fully supportive of Ryne and the staff. "We've had our challenges this year. There's no question we have not played nearly as well as we would've liked.
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June 19, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THESE DAYS, Jonathan Papelbon doesn't get too many save opportunities. However, when handed one yesterday for the first time since June 7, the controversial closer made no mistake in setting down the Orioles in order to salvage the first Phillies win since that Sunday more than a week ago. And he looked as sharp as ever, getting his first two hitters to make outs to first baseman Ryan Howard before striking out Manny Machado to end the game and...
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June 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IT WAS about this time last year when Aaron Jersild first got a chance to see the sweet-swinging high school junior from Georgia. Jersild, a former Clemson pitcher and the Phillies' area scout in Georgia, watched Cornelius Randolph, a lefthanded-hitting shortstop from Griffin High who had committed to Clemson, and filed a glowing report. "He was an unusually polished high school hitter, and you just don't see that every day with what we do," Jersild said yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.
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June 18, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - You probably don't have to look far beyond the place in the lineup where a team's best hitter resides to diagnosis the biggest problem with the Phillies' offense. The team's three-hole hitters entered yesterday with a .563 OPS, worst in baseball. You could multiply that number by two and still be below the three-hole hitters of the top-ranked Arizona Diamondbacks. It's lower than Steve Jeltz' career OPS (.576). But digging into Chase Utley's dreadful season is the equivalent of spinning a broken record.
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